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This time of year, our souls beg to be examined, nurtured and validated.  In essence, fed. In 2006, I crafted my first version of Permission to Shine (which at that time was subtitled, “The Art of Being Beautiful”) with a burning in my heart to give good women the go-ahead to beautify and nurture their […]

The Untamed Heart of My Daughter

This picture displays beautifully why I should trust in the wild, sweet and unknown future of my 14 year-old daughter.  Why I should place my confidence in such a beautiful “free spirit”… She who seems unable to be tamed.  She who won’t pick up her things, stays up too late, sometimes back-talks, loves everything loud, […]

Finally Here: My Son Eli’s Adoption Story

This was no ordinary adoption.  The phrase ordinary adoption, in and of itself, is an oxymoron (what adoption is ordinary?) but this story – our story – really is a rare and precious miracle.  The miracle did not lie just in receiving a new baby, although that, to me, was the sweetest part.  There is so much more, […]

What You Long For…

Following is my favorite poem, “The Invitation” by Oriah.  Hadn’t read it in awhile, then picked it back up this afternoon as certain phrases from kept ruminating in my busy head… It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting […]

Eve’s Role as Helpmeet

After God created Adam He declared, “I will make an helpmeet for him…” (Genesis 2:18)   What exactly is a “helpmeet”? I developed my own offbeat translation of “helpmeet” in my early 20’s as I secretly struggled with the idea that woman might somehow be an “afterthought” or second-seat creation.  Jokingly, I would spout off to a […]

Our Children Are Our Teachers

These are my babies, 7 years ago this month…at the height of their innocent glory. In honor of Mothers Day and lessons learned from my children continuing to raise me, I have come up with Twelve Reasons to Learn at the Feet of Our Children: 1) Your child (depending on how old you were at his or her […]

God’s Ways Are Not Man’s

Building upon what I’ve shared in the last couple of posts, regarding the “new” way Jesus the man taught and treated women, I want to share my thoughts on one of the most intriguing and least-understood figures in the New Testament…the Woman of Samaria.  Also known as the Woman at the Well. On His way […]

Jesus Came to a Woman First

Today Jeff and I taught our daughter’s Sunday School class – a group of eager and restless 12 and 13 year-olds.  Because it’s Easter Sunday, we tag-teamed the story of the last days of Christ’s life:  the washing of the apostles’ feet, the Last Supper, the prayer in Gethsemene, betrayal and arrest, Crucifixion, burial, Resurrection… […]